The All-Inclusiveness of Yoga and the Spiritual Life
God is the Absolute Supreme, omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all wise, all knowing) and omnipresent (everywhere and in all things sentient and non-sentient). God is Spirit to us in the West, known as Consciousness in Yoga philosophy. The New Age and the physicist use a few other names such as ‘Vibrations’, ‘Energy’, ‘Force’ or ‘Self’.
Are there two Gods? No! Hinduism, or rather some Hindus, have not helped by stressing on so many gods. They know what they mean, but the Western religionist does not and so controversy arises. In Christianity, we have many fairies, angels and archangels and in the East, they have many cosmic gods. However, The Divine Entity… the Perennial Source from which all things sprung, live and have their being (Love/Light), is present in the East and goes by the name of Brahman.
Now we cannot tell an omnipotent God not to be female or male; to take a form or be formless; to be finite or infinite, to be visible or invisible … you get my drift. That is Its prerogative and so God manifests from time to time, in a perfect embodiment, which we love, according to our individual culture or Consciousness.
Some of us call this huge tidal wave Jesus, the Christ, others Sri Krishna, yet another group Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha, as well as a few more.
Mystics say, that seen from the highest standpoint, it is not necessary to separate, as it is the same holistic Supreme, who enters into the form we call Sri Rama or Ramakrishna, or Theresa of Avila and so forth. They come at different times, with the direct call of the Absolute, to teach us Love …. to point the way to our eternal Home, which we have forgotten.
Our Divine Origin
What is man? We are essentially body and soul. The soul, by nature, is the divine spark, which gives us life. Since it is part of God, then we are mystical or enspirited beings. It follows that just as we feed the body, so too, we need to feed the soul. This is paramount.
“What, know ye not that ye are the temple of God, that God dwells in you, and that you are not your own?” 1Corinthians, ^: 19. KJV
“The earth is the Lord’s, the world and its fullness thereof and they that dwell there in it.” Psalm, 24:1
The word Yoga is similar to the English word ‘yoke.’ To bind, to bring together …. Union. The goal of Yoga is the union or oneness of the individual soul with the Supreme Soul, ceaselessly, constantly and inseparably one. The Christian mystics spoke of it as ‘Mystical Union’ or ‘Divine Marriage’ and so forth. The Satguru, the Dispeller of darkness, helps us to return Home.
Yoga philosophy teaches that we are in isolation from God and life, in a sense, is a journey of trials, designed by God Itself, to ensure our return Home. Yoga Philosophy has eight limbs and I have described them in detail in another Hub. Still, the message here is that we are all essentially candles of the same Source or Love. Only the Absolute Silence, the triple gems of Existence, Consciousness and Delight/Bliss. (Sat, Chit and Ananda).
It is narrowness, boxes or the illusion of separation, which creates problems for us. These come as the five cardinal vices, from which all our other fears and insecurities arise. Still, a fragile chicken lives in an egg and this is sometimes necessary. The five cardinal vices are:
- · Ego, vanity or pride. (Ahamkara)The very nature of the Ego is to analyse, chop things up; use the mind. It thinks of me and mines, instead of we and ours. It enjoys separation.
- · Anger or wrath (Krodo)
- · Lust or passion (Kama)
- · Attachment (Avairagya)
- · Greed (Lobo) Note: I have described their opposites – the five cardinal virtues, in another Hub.
- Yoga says that the secret is always to do one’s duty, but to offer up the results of the action to God. We need to feel that we are not in charge, that we have only limited capacity, so called ‘free will.’ That is why spiritual giants teach that prayer begins only when we are truly helpless, when we are finally at the point where we realise that we are in fact weak and need to rely on Something Higher
Yoga has three gunas or modes: Sattva’s, Rajas and Tamas. These can apply to anything in life, but we generally begin by applying them to food. Stale and rotten food is tamasic, spicy is rajasic and the mild, gentle food is said to be sattvic and good for us. So too, loosely speaking, a Hitler Consciousness may be said to be rajasic and a Mother Theresa’s as sattvic. The three gunas mixes and goes up and down in life, like a pendulum.
Finally, spirituality is religion and religion is spirituality. The wise ones avoid this type of explanation, as words carry their own energies and when we speak of the religious, it may have quite negative connotations to some and create aggressiveness in others.
The point here though, is that all is God and this includes evil, by the way. Nothing is outside the Divine and so long as something has been created, it has a usefulness and purpose. The Master Planner does not make mistakes. Therefore, God is the life-tree and all else are necessary branches on the tree, even though some may be roots or stem, leaves or branches or even fruits. They are all part of the same life-tree called God, Allah and other names.
To sum up, God, the Creator and God the Creation are one. There is nothing else.
“That which does not exist can never come into existence; that which exists can never cease to be.” Sri Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita.
Saviours, Masters, Prophets, Buddha’s, Christs, are merely huge tidal waves in the same ocean of God’s Consciousness. We are all His or Hers with the same potential … the same flame burning in our Hearts. We are all brothers and sisters, or indeed God, meaning that in essence we are souls or Spirit and the body is simply a temple or vehicle, necessary for the glory of Him. We are truly mystical and made in the image of Spirit or God. Isn’t this beautiful?
Hope you find this helpful.
-Manatita, 14th march, 2018.
A holistic view of God
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